What to eat to boost cartilage and reduce inflammation

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Pomegranate

When researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland put pomegranate extract on samples of cartilage damaged by osteoarthritis, it lowered levels of an inflammatory chemical linked with overproduction of a certain enzyme. This enzyme is essential for cartilage replacement but when too much is produced (as in osteoarthritis), cartilage wears down. Joints likely absorb the juice when you drink it.

Aim for 2-3 tablespoons (30-45 mL) undiluted juice daily.

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